What Saucepan should I use on a Induction Hob

One of our readers Justine has written in asking “What type of saucepan should I use on an induction hob?”

Thanks for the message Justine, we discussed how to pick the perfect saucepan previously here

But I’ll try to go into a bit more information on Induction hobs here.

So what is an induction hob?

An induction hob uses induction to cook, therefore pans must be conductive.  This is because the hob itself doesn’t become hot or create heat.  Only the pan is heated through conduction.

This makes Induction hobs very energy efficient – Pick up the pan off the hob and energy stops being used (on many models).  Also heat is not wasted by going into the air as the pan itself is being heated directly.

They are very quick to heat aswell, depending on the cookers wattage a stirfry pan could be ready for cooking in as little as 10 minutes.

Saucepans.

For an induction hob to work the saucepan sits on top of the hob where it conducts heat.  The best saucepans benefit from being flat bottomed as they have more contact with the hob.

Saucepans must be ferromagnetic in order to conduct the heat.  Aluminium and other non magnetic materials will not work on an induction hob.

As Induction hobs heat very quickly beware of thin saucepans, as a sharp burst of heat could burn food.

Our Saucepan picks

There are many saucepans which work with induction hobs as this is becoming a very popular hob type as people convert from gas.

Here are two

Le Creuset Cast Iron 3 Piece Saucepan Set, Granite

Le Creuset Cast Iron 3 Piece Saucepan Set, Granite

The Le Creuset Cast Iron Saucepan set is perfect for use on a induction hob.  The enamelled finish makes these saucepans incredibly durable. Click here to read more and buy

Meyer Circulon Infinite Cookware Set, 5 Piece

Meyer Circulon Infinite Cookware Set, 5 Piece

Meyer are a well known Saucepan manufacturer with a great reputation.  These heavy gauge Hard Anodised pans are perfect for Induction hobs.  Click here to read more and buy from Amazon UK

Thanks for your question Justine I hope this helps.

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2 comments

  1. Could anyone recommend a set of saucepans suitable for an induction hob that are not heavy. This is for my Mother who has recently moved and the new home has a super kitchen but we’re unable to cook anything as she has ‘old’ pans!! Le Creuset is too heavy for her to lift, is the Meyer set lighter, it says heavy gauge? Help we’re getting hungry!

  2. Hi Gerry,

    Thanks for your message. I would first of all always recommend that you go into a store and “try” a saucepan to see if you are happy with the weight and feel as very few online retailers include weight.

    A Le Creuset Cast Iron Saucepan set while great quality is awfully heavy as you note. One option is Le Creuset Tri ply Stainless Steel Saucepans available here at John Lewis
    Each item is made from a 3-layer sandwich of stainless steel, with an aluminium core to spread the heat evenly, so there are no hotspots. The stainless steel means that they are much much lighter than a cast iron saucepan, however they are NOT the lightest saucepans in the world, but I feel they are the right mix of weight and quality.

    I hope this helps!
    On The Hob

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